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Giving up the car

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Admittedly, not entirely by choice. I had some issues with the security system and when I took it into the dealership to get it checked out, the estimate for the cost of repairs got into "more than the car is worth" territory. Not the security system by itself, but other issues that the dealership found, mostly notably wear on the timing belt. (Not an immediate need, but more of a "we have to take it off to get at the thing that needs immediate fixing anyway, and it's gonna need work soon so take care of it now" sort of deal) At any rate, I heard the estimate, choked, and decided that donating the car to charity sounded like a really good idea about now. I'd already been considering getting rid of the car, but before that trip to the dealership, I'd hoped to sell it.

So, it's going to a charity that matches people with disabilities with service dogs and therapy dogs. I'd hoped to have the car picked up today, but the way the scheduling worked out, it got picked up yesterday.

I'm not giving cars up completely. I've signed up with a local car share program ( www.phillycarshar
). I figure the hourly rental will be an incentive to keep usage to a minimum, e.g. monthly trip to the wholesale club for kitty litter and toilet paper, and the occasional trip to Ikea to replace broken furniture.

This should be good for me. I'll do a lot more walking to places I need to go, and I'll probably get a bike for longer distances (Hello exercise). There's lots of mass transit where I am, so unless I get a job that requires an automotive commute, I figure I'm set.


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    Yeah, my plan kinda depends on having ready access to mass transit. It'd be a lot harder if I still lived in the 'burbs and impossible if I lived in a rural community. As it is, my place is between the eastbound and westbound legs of one crosstown bus; there's two north-south buses no more than three blocks away (one to the east and one to the west); and a subway about four blocks west of me. A monthly pass will get me most of the places I might want to go that are too far walk. Ask me about it again in two years when the transit union goes on its triennial strike. emoticon
    2302 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/1/2011 12:13:07 PM
    Good luck and excellent solution to your dilemma. Wishing you good health with the extra walking and biking!!

    Wish we had mass transit here . . . . but sadly, we don't.
    2302 days ago
    Twenty pounds of paper every day? That sounds like a good reason to get a bike with a front rack or basket. After sizing up my current bank balance, I've decided that a bike is going to have to wait until after the new year, unless the local used bike store comes up with something suitable for cheap. Based on discussions with my housemate, that seems unlikely. I could get a suitable bike new for the same amount she paid for her current bike used.
    2302 days ago
    i admire your spirit about the car. i dont have the patience for mass transit. plus i get motion sickness on buses. the walking idea i really could do it if i wasnt lugging around 20 pounds of paper every night to work on at home. has a friend who doesnt drive and relies on others to take him everywhere. we shop on saturdays my reg errand day and make an day of it. i like the company when i shop. best of wishes to you.
    2303 days ago
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